The following organisations are leading major international initiatives to improve fragility fracture care and prevention:

The AO Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and their sequelae through research, development, education and quality assurance in the principles, practice, and result of fracture treatment.

The AO Foundation Clinical Priority Program ‘Fracture Fixation in Osteoporotic Bone’ focuses on improved care for the ever increasing group of elderly people suffering fragility fractures. Link.

The goal of the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) is to improve the health-related quality of life for people with musculoskeletal disorders throughout the world by raising awareness and promoting positive actions to combat the suffering and costs to society associated with musculoskeletal disorders. BJD is a worldwide network supported by more than a thousand national and international professional, scientific and patient organisations. BJD’s national coordinators are established in 96 countries, while BJD National Action Networks are driving the agenda and goals of the BJD in 61 countries. The stated goals of the BJD are:

  • Raising awareness of the burden of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Developing sustainable networks
  • Increasing knowledge of the suffering and costs of  musculoskeletal conditions
  • Empowering people to prioritise their own care
  • Improving access to cost-effective prevention and treatment
  • Increasing research into musculoskeletal disorders, prevention and treatment
  • Providing access to supportive information

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) is the organisation which represents the patient, health professional and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations. EULAR endeavours to stimulate, promote, and support the research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of rheumatic diseases. EULAR fosters excellence in education and research in the field of rheumatology. It promotes the translation of research advances into daily care and fights for the recognition of the needs of people with rheumatic diseases.

The International Collaborationof Orthopaedic Nursing (ICON) is a coalition of national and regional associations of orthopaedic nurses dedicated to the advancement of orthopaedic nursing through strategic partnerships that promote and support execellence in education, research and innovative, evidence supported practice.

The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) is founded on a multi-disciplinary approach to geriatric fracture care. The IGFS strategy is to promote and implement order sets and treatment protocols that have proven results. Distribution of these concepts will be achieved through:

The IGFS is collating details of Geriatric Fracture Center programs throughout the world into a registry.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is a registered not-for-profit, non-governmental foundation based in Switzerland. IOF functions as a global alliance of patient societies, research organisations, healthcare professionals and international companies working to promote bone, muscle and joint health.

IOF is leading international efforts in the secondary prevention of fragility fractures. The IOF Capture the Fracture Campaign was the theme of the 2012 IOF World Osteoporosis Day Report. In 2013, the Best Practice Framework was published which provides globally endorsed standards of care for Fracture Liaison Services (FLS). A growing number of FLS feature on IOF’s map of best practice.

Read more at:

Capture the Fracture: a Best Practice Framework and global campaign to break the fragility fracture cycle. Akesson K, Marsh D, Mitchell PJ et al. Osteoporos Int. 2013 Aug;24(8):2135-2152. PubMed ID 23589162

About The Section

The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and the former International Society for Fracture Repair (ISFR) are proud to announce their new partnership and the establishment of the ORS International Section of Fracture Repair (ORS ISFR).  This collaboration allows both organizations to combine their collective resources and move forward together to ensure the growth in the field of Fracture Repair.

Section Mission

The section is a community of individuals from around the world who are dedicated to the advancement and interchange of science of fracture repair and its application to improvement of patient care.

The ORS ISFR homepage:

The Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care (OTC) Alliance is an interactive global network of surgeons and scientists, dedicated to the advancement of osteosynthesis and trauma care. Link.

The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) is an EC funded initiative dedicated to bring about the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe. ProFouND comprises 21 partners from 12 countries and associate members from more than 10 further countries. ProFouND aims to influence policy to increase awareness of falls and innovative prevention programmes across EU.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is a registered not-for-profit, non-governmental foundation based in Switzerland.  IOF has been granted Roster Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

IOF functions as a global alliance of patient societies, research organizations, healthcare professionals and international companies working to promote bone, muscle and joint health.

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is a professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists who are involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism.

The ASBMR membership comprises basic research scientists, and clinical investigators in bone and mineral metabolism and related fields along with physicians and other healthcare practitioners. Current worldwide membership numbers approximately 4,000 with interests in biomechanics, cell biology, molecular biology, dentistry, developmental biology, endocrinology, epidemiology, internal medicine, metabolism, molecular genetics, nephrology, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopaedics, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, rheumatology and other research/clinical areas.

The IAGG European Region has four main purposes in addition to any other affair as determined by the IAGG Council:

I.    To promote gerontological research in the biological, medical, behavioural, and social fields (social psychological fields) by member organizations and to promote cooperation among these organizations.

II.    To promote training of highly qualified personnel in the field of ageing.

III.  To promote the interests of the gerontological organizations in all questions pertaining to International matters.

IV.   To promote and assist in the arrangements for holding the European Congress of Gerontology at intervals determined  by the Council, as well as assist in planning the International Congress of the IAGG.

The Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) is a regional organisation of orthopaedic surgeons mainly from the Asia Pacific region.

It began in 1962 as Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association and in 2000, the name was changed to Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association. Today, APOA has 19 member chapters and more than 1,800 members from over 40 countries. The 19 member chapters are Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

APOA’s core mission is to promote the education, research and fellowship amongst orthopaedic surgeons in this region. APOA’s conferences and fellowships are sought after by young surgeons while established and renowned senior surgeons provide the experience and resources to assist younger fellows.

SICOT, Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie, is an international non-profit association incorporated under Belgian law with the aim to promote the advancement of the science and art of orthopaedics and traumatology at international level in particular for the improvement of patient care, and to foster and develop teaching, research and education. In 2014, SICOT celebrated its 85th anniversary.

The current gatherings of surgeons from 110 member nations and others beside each year are now highly organised scientific, clinical and social events. The expressions of pleasure at meeting friends speak well of the congenial bonds among the members of SICOT.